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Neha  Gupta 4 Expert Tips To Differentiate A Fake Painting From An Original Masterpiece
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When it comes to paintings, there are a lot of fakes and reproductions going around the world. Many are selling them and many are purchasing them. The problem arises when someone gets cheated and at the price of an original piece they are sold a fake one. There have been multiple instances wherein a fake painting has been passed off as original and owners remained oblivion to this deceit for years! It is always advised to consider an expert’s opinion before going and purchasing any kind of artwork. If you are on hunt to find your dream painting then, here are some tips which will help you in determining whether or not the art piece is original.

  • Survey the other works of the artist:
    Before purchasing the artwork it is important that you question yourself if the painting follows similar trends like the other pieces of the same artist. If it doesn’t fit into the similar style category then you know it is a fake article. There are multiple ways of checking the styles. Right from the colour patterns to the creations of time period, you must consider every minute detail before making the purchase. Original art for sale can be found in various places but you must research about the artist and his other works before choosing the art piece.
  • Consistency of signature:
    Most of the artists have a consistent style of signature. You must check the pattern of signature and tally if the signature of the painting in question matches with other works of the artist. You must pay special attention to the letters and the pressure with which the signature is done. By scrutinizing the signatures well you will be able to identify whether or not the initials are authentic. Not many imitators play close attention to the sign of the artist and this leaves a loophole. By identifying this, you can be sure whether the artwork is original or not.
  • Scrutinizing the back of the painting:
    A forger might overdo the distress or might not do it at all. This will help you identify the authenticity of the painting. Right from the material of the canvas to the wood and nails, check everything to check if at all there is something fishy. Back of the painting should express age of the artwork. In most of the cases artificial aging is done. It might end up fooling the eye but if you end up using other senses (like your nose and touch) then you will be able to catch the forgery.
  • Interrogate the owner or seller:
    If the artwork is original then the person physically possessing it would be able to answer all your questions correctly and with confidence. It is easy to cheat people by putting original art for sale online. If you aren’t purchasing from the artist directly then you must bombard the owner with questions until the point you are satisfied. Demand the original documents and ask about the history of the painting. Ask when and from where the painting was brought. Double check what the owner says with other sources of information. You must be extremely cautious and should be able to differentiate a lie from the truth.
  • Check the price:
    If you feel that the original art for sale is a steal or a “great deal” then you shouldn’t purchase it. The prices of quality pieces appreciate and there is no such thing as a “steal deal” when it comes to original art pieces.
You must keep all of your senses active while hunting for an original artwork. There are a lot of fakes hovering in the market and if you can smell a rat at any given point of time, then there is a possibility of forgery.

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